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#117244 - 12/07/03 02:49 PM meerschaum
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Literally, "seafoam" .A very finegrained calcium carbonate mineral, used to make pipes. Typically curved lilke a miniature saxophone, the step usually amber. I tried one, but could not enjoy it. I would never have smoked, except Army gave smokers a break every fifteen minutes, non-smokers got no break. All the cigarette companies gave new inductees cartons of cigarettes. Too hook them, of course.

Edit: search says "hydrated silicate of magnesium."

URL for a picture:
http://www.anatolianmagic.com/Prolist.asp?cat=50

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#117245 - 12/25/03 04:58 AM Re: Step usually amber?
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Very interesting that meerschaum means seafoam, wwh.

But you mistyped something here that I can't figure out:

"Typically curved lilke a miniature saxophone, the step usually amber."

What does 'the step usually amber' mean? I'm assuming you left something out...


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#117246 - 12/25/03 06:33 AM Re: Step usually amber?
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I think that "the step" is the part of the pipe that goes in the mouth. it is very often made of another material, in this case, amber.

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#117247 - 12/25/03 09:39 AM Re: Step usually amber?
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"step" = typo for "stem"


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#117248 - 12/25/03 09:57 AM Re: too much eggnog...
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yeahbut® "p" and "m" ain't that close on the keyboard...

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#117249 - 12/25/03 01:45 PM more than you wanted to see of Meerschaum
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Here's another picure of a Meerschaum pipe. If you explore the site, you'll find other pipes made out of meerschaum, some limited only by the imagination of the carver...

http://www61.pair.com/talbert/shopimp21.shtml


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#117250 - 12/25/03 01:50 PM Re: too much eggnog...
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typos - Dear etaoin, you are dealing with an advanced creator of typos.


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#117251 - 12/25/03 02:58 PM Re: too much eggnog...
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wwh, you are gifted in typos among your other many gifts.

wof': Those pipe pictures are fascinating. Almost makes me want to take up the smoking of pipes just to look at them.

Meershaum: Seafoam. Why again? Did wwh say why it's seafoam somewhere above? I haven't had too much eggnog, but I've had one too many Bloody Marys. Or is that Mary's? Or is that Maries? Isn't it fun down here beneath the equator where only we free spirits dwell?


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#117252 - 12/25/03 03:54 PM Re: too much eggnog...
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Why meeschaum? Probably some copy writer dreaded it us to
help sell it. There is a somewhat similar stone which American Indians used to make small symbolic sculptures.
I don't know if they also used it for their peacepipes, but it seems likely. I'll go search.

Results: Indian pipestone, sometimes called catlinite, has a very different chemical composition, but similar desirable
characteristics for carving peacepipes, etc.

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#117253 - 12/26/03 08:11 PM Re: too much eggnog...
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In reply to:

yeahbut® "p" and "m" ain't that close on the keyboard...


They're mirror images. For 'p' your little finger goes up, for 'm' your index finger goes down.

Bingley

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